Fedor Emelianenko vs. Antonio “Big Foot” Silva pushed back until February

It looks like Strikeforce and M-1 Global have finally come to an agreement. The news that Formerly ranked number one heavyweight in the world, Fedor Emelianenko will make his return to the cage when he faces former EliteXC heavyweight champion, Antonio “Big Foot” Silva on the January 29th were a little premature after a separate source indicated it was looking more like February.

According to a report by Sherdog.com, a source close to the situation could not confirm whether a deal between Strikeforce and M-1 Global, Fedor’s management team, has been signed, although it has been agreed in principle that the Russian would fight Silva next. The same website spoke to Strikeforce CEO, Scott Coker who said:

“You know how these things are, they go back and forth. We send them documents; they send them back… They want changes; we want changes. I’m just trying to get the lawyers to hurry and finish it up so we can make some great fights. It’s hard to talk about opponents. Normally, you talk to someone about opponents only after you have a contract with somebody. We’re working through the final stages of the deal. We are not there yet. I wish we were.”

“I can tell you [Silva] will be fighting in a relatively short amount of time here. If Fedor doesn’t work out, we’ll just move forward and have [Junior] fight someone else. But I’d like to wrap this thing up with M-1 as fast as possible.”

Fedor was last seen in action in June, losing to Fabricio Werdum via triangle choke in the very first round in what some say could be the biggest upset in MMA history. Prior to that he’d posted a 28 fight win streak, holding wins over the likes of Renato Sobral, Semmy Schilt, Heath Herring, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mark Coleman, Gary Goodridge, Kevin Randleman, Mirko Filipovic, Mark Hunt, Matt Lindland, Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski and Brett Rogers.

Silva rebounded from a defeat at the hands of the man who defeated the king, Fabricio Werdum by picking up a win over Arlovski himself. He was due to face Valentjin Overeem earlier this month but wound up facing Mike Kyle instead, a fight he won via TKO in the second round.

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